Joss Whedon May Cast an Unknown Actress for Batgirl

Posted 04/20/2017 1643 0

"I started getting obsessed with how a young woman could get hardcore enough to need to put on the cowl," said the director of his upcoming DC project.


Avengers director Joss Whedon may be Marvel royalty, but all he can think about these days is DC's Batgirl. Whedon dropped by the world premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last night where Variety spoke to him about the development of the project.

“I have so many things to say about her, I’m very excited to see a girl in the cowl,” Whedon said to start.

"She came up, and I started getting obsessed with how a young woman could get hardcore enough to need to put on the cowl. Like, what's her damage?" he told The Hollywood Reporter. "She didn't have her parents killed in an alley. Who is this person, who decides — rather than being forced to by their childhood trauma — decides to pick up this life?" he adds. "How intense and driven that person is... I just couldn't stop thinking about it."

When asked about casting for the film, he replied: “I don’t have my eye on anybody. I’m creating this character, I’m in a dialogue with her and then we’ll see who joins that later on… I doubt it’ll be a name. I think this is somewhere where you go and find Batgirl and then you cast her.”

The outlet pressed him on casting a “fresh face” for the project, to which he said: “I’m not against movie stars, they’re great, but you need somebody who’s going to be just right, and a situation like this the name carries a lot of weight, so it’s not as critical.”

The director stressed he is still getting to know the character, so it may be some time until fans catch wind of any Batgirl frontrunners. It has been previously said that he is drawing from the New 52 version of Barbara Gordon, which will bring a lot of history with her. Figuring out how he will tell this story and what he will require from his lead should come first, and thankfully it sounds like Whedon is going about the Batgirl movie in exactly that way.

No other producers are attached to the Batgirl movie, though Toby Emmerich, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns will oversee the project for the studio, which apparently only came into being within the past couple of months.

Batgirl’s first comic appearance in 1967 was as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, and she later became an ally of Batman and Robin in Gotham City. She was previously portrayed by Yvonne Craig in the campy ’60s Batman series, then by Alicia Silverstone (as Barbara Wilson, Alfred’s niece) in the equally-campy 1997 flop Batman & Robin. She was recently voiced by Rosario Dawson in The LEGO Batman Movie.

Whedon, who had previously written a treatment for his own Wonder Woman movie a decade ago, was last said to be working on a World War II horror movie, but he has stated previously that he would like to make a Batman film.